Re-reading is a funny old thing. Mostly I like to read books I haven’t read before. There are so many books in the world, it almost seems like a waste of reading time to read something I’ve already read. But I do, for various reasons. Below and to be continued is an exploration of my re-reads for this year.
The Uncommon Reader, By Alan Bennett. 3.5/5 stars
This is the (fictional) story of the Queen of England discovering a love of reading. It is a good story, but not worth re-reading again in the future.
I first read this in 2011 as part of a book club I was in. I have nostalgic memories of that book club. It was a gathering of my friends, soaked in red wine. We chose very short reads, except for Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.
Just One Day, by Gayle Forman
Allyson and Willem spend a romantic day together in Paris and then are separated. They spend a year looking for each other while also finding themselves.
This is one of two books in this list that I have read multiple times. I love fiction that is well-written AND with a good plot, and this novel is both. I would re-read again.
Eat Pray Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert
A thirty-something recently divorced woman travels to Italy, India and Indonesia and finds a path to healing through pleasure and spiritual enlightenment.
When I first read this book, I was surprised by how much I loved it (I didn’t expect it to live up to the hype). Re-reading it many years later I enjoyed it even more, because I was able to bring more life experience to the text.